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English Learner Article The 100 most useful emailing phrases

Summary:A carefully chosen list of essential language for the beginning, body and ending of formal and informal English emails.

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This is a carefully edited list of the most important English emailing phrases. You should make sure you have learnt and can use the phrases below before trying to learn and use more complex and rarer phrases. There is a similar list of the 100 most useful telephoning phrases here https://www.usingenglish.com/articles/100-most-useful-telephoning-phrases.html

 

Useful phrases for opening emails

Useful email opening greetings

Opening greeting to one person

Dear Mr/ Ms/ Dr/ Professor + family name (= Dear Mr./ Ms./ Dr./ Prof + family name)

Dear Alex

Hi (John)

Dear Sir or Madam

Opening greeting to more than one person

Dear all

Hi (everyone/ guys)

To: All faculty members/ To: New recruits/ To: All members/ To:…

 

Useful email opening lines

Opening line mentioning the last contact between you

Thank you for your email (yesterday/ of 12 May) about…

Thanks for your email this morning/ earlier/ yesterday/ on Monday/ last week/…

Thanks for your quick reply./ Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

Thanks for your phone call this morning/ the information about/ your interest in/ your help with/ your hospitality in…/…

Thanks for sending me/ for contacting me about/ for attending/ asking us about/ informing us/ giving us feedback on/ inviting me to/ talking to me about…

It was great/ so nice to see you again on Monday.

(I) just read your email about/ (I) just got your message about/ (I) just got your request for…

It was a pleasure/ my great pleasure to meet you last week.

Sorry for my late reply/ Sorry it took me so long to get back to you/ Sorry not to reply sooner (but/ but I had to…).

Thank you for finding the time to meet me/ talk to me/ attend…

Sorry it’s been so long since I was last in touch/ since my last email.

Opening line with the subject of the email

I’m writing to you about your latest model/ about the meeting next week/ about your presentation yesterday/ about…

I am writing to you in connection with/ with regards to/ regarding/ concerning…

I’m writing (in order) to ask/ to enquire/ to confirm/ to check/ to inform you/ to follow up on/ to let you know/ to tell you/ to thank you/ to invite you to/ to update you on/ to announce that/ to ask for a favour/ to…

(This is) just a quick note to say…

As promised/ As we discussed, I’m writing to send you/ to…

I’m writing (to you) because I have just found out that/ because I thought you’d like to know that/ because I need/ because…

Sorry to write out of the blue, but…

Sorry to write again so quickly, but/ Sorry to bother again so soon, but…

Sorry, in my last email I forgot to…

Social opening line/ Friendly opening line

(I) hope you had a good weekend/ a good evening/ a good trip (to...)/ a good time/ a good holiday/ a good break/ a good…

How’s it going?/ How are things?/ How’s life?/ How are you doing?

I hope you (and your family) are (all) well.

 

Useful phrases for closing emails

Useful closing lines for emails

Closing line talking about the next contact between you

Closing line when you need a reply

I look forward to hearing from you (soon)./ (I’m) looking forward to hearing from you (soon).

Please let me know if that’s okay/ if that is acceptable with you/ if that sounds okay/ if you can/ if you can help/ if you need an extension/ if you need to reschedule/ if…

Closing line offering more communication if needed

(In the meantime) if you need any more information,…/ If you require any further information (about/ in order to/ before you/ to help you…/…)/ If you need any more info/ Need more info,…

If you have any (more) questions (about…),…/ Any more Qs,…

… please do not hesitate to contact me./… please contact me./ … please feel free to contact me./ please get in touch./ … just let me know./ … just drop me a line (at any time).

Closing line mentioning the next (face to face) meeting

I look forward to seeing/ meeting you then.

See you on Monday/ on…/ next week/ next…/ then.

(I) hope we have the chance/ opportunity to meet again soon.

Other closing lines mentioning the next contact between you

Speak to you soon/ then/ on Monday/ on…

Closing lines for (big) requests

Thanks/ Thank you (in advance).

Cheers.

Any help (at all/ you can offer me)/ Any feedback you can give me (on this)/ Any assistance (you could give me in this matter) would be greatly appreciated/ would be highly appreciated/ would be much appreciated/ would be gratefully accepted.  

Closing lines with apologies/ Closing lines when responding to complaints

I hope that is acceptable with you./ (I) hope that is okay (with you).

Once again, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused/ for the inconvenience caused/ for the delay/ for…

Thanks for your patience./ Thank you for your patience.

Thanks for your understanding./ Thank you for your understanding.

Social closing lines/ Friendly closing lines

Have a good evening/ day/ weekend/ holiday/ vacation/ break/ trip/...

Send my love to John./ Say “Hi” to John from me./ Please send my (best) regards to John.

Other closing lines

Thanks again (for all your help/ for the info/ for bringing this matter to my attention/ for…)

(I) hope that helps.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

(I) hope that answers all your questions/ that’s clearer now/ that’s some help/ that meets with your approval/ that…

 

Useful closing greetings for emails

Best regards

Sincerely (yours)

Best wishes

All the best

Best wishes

 

Different ways of writing your name at the end of emails

Alex

Alex Case

Alex Case (Mr)

A.M.Case (Mr)

 

Useful phrases for the main body of the email

Mentioning attachments etc/ Mentioning information elsewhere

(For your reference,) please find the information/ the document/ some data/… attached.

Please see (the information/ the website/ the diagram/ the…) below (for more details/ for…).

If you look at the first line/ bullet point/ paragraph/ section/ page of… (below), you will see that…

The parts in bold/ in red/ in green/… are my comments/ are my boss’s feedback/ are the changes in the second draft/ are…

I’ve pasted in…. below./ I’ve copied in…. below./ I’ve put a copy of… below.

I’ve attached…/ ... is attached.

Here’s the… (that I promised/ that you asked for/ that I mentioned/ that…)

More information on this is available at http://.../ on the intranet/ in pg.. of our catalogue/…

 

Highlighting important information

Please note that…/ NB…

 

Requests

Could you (possibly)…?

Would you mind sending me/ …ing…?

I was wondering if you could/ if you would be able to…

I’d be very grateful if you could take action in the next few days/ if you could…

I’d really appreciate (some help with)…

 

Enquiries/ Asking for information

Could you (possibly) tell me…?

(First of all) I’d like to know…

My (first/ second/ third/ next/ last/ final) question is about…

I (also) have a question about…

(If possible) I (also) need to know…

My three (main) questions are below./ Please find my three (main) questions below.

 

Answering questions/ Giving information

You (also) asked us about…

The answers to your question are below./ Please find my answers below.

In answer to your first/ second/ third/ last question…

To answer your question about…

 

Making arrangements/ Changing arrangements/ (Re) scheduling

I’d like to meet on… if you are available/ free then.

I’m available on… , if that is convenient/ okay with you.

I’m afraid I can’t make… (because…) How about…?

(Due to…) I’m afraid we need to put forward/ delay/ postpone/ put back/ cancel/ call off/ reschedule/ move/ rearrange…

 

Making complaints

I’m afraid I was not (very) happy with…

Unfortunately, … was not (really) what I expected.

I’m afraid I was not (completely/ fully) satisfied with…

 

Apologising/ Replying to complaints

I was sorry to hear about…

(First of all) I would like to apologise for…

Please accept our (sincerest) apologies for the inconvenience caused/ for any inconvenience caused/ for…

 

Instructions/ Commands/ Demanding action

Just a (quick/ brief/ friendly) reminder that…

(In future/ From now on/ From next week) please make sure that you…/ Please ensure that you…

 

Giving bad news

We regret to inform you that…

We are sorry to announce that…

 

Making announcements

I/ We would like to inform you that…

 

See here for a similar list of essential telephone phrases https://www.usingenglish.com/articles/100-most-useful-telephoning-phrases.html

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